Ok, I know what you all are thinkin'. Fan Grill Filters? Pehh...Who needs 'em? Well my friends, these little beauties will protect those components in your pc that you spent all your hard earned jizack on. And is this item even worthy of a review? Well, since I have knocked back about a 6 pack at this point, AND I believe this to be an essential part of your PC building and maintaining experience, I'd have to say YES! And with that said. I'm just going to put out some good info, and let you folks decide if this is something you might want to look into. Lets get started.
Overview: SideWidinder Computers was kind enough to provide us these filters so we could spread the good word about 'em. You'll notice in the picture above they come factory sealed in a thin film of plastic to keep the whole assembly in once piece during shipping. Lets see a shot of the 80mil flavor sitting atop the most famous RatPad review pedestal.
Ok, looks simple enough right? Well, these things turned out to be even a little nicer than I expected. There are actually 3 pieces to the whole assembly. The front piece that you see here. The filter element as seen beneath the front piece, and the back plate that attaches to your case, or wherever you choose to install it. Here's a pic of it broke down.
Again, nothing to jump for joy about, but good stuff. Lets continue on to installation.
Installation: I chose to install this filter on the front of my Aopen HX-08 filtering air from the intake fan. Originally, there was room for an 80mm fan, but I have since brokeout the ol' dremel and commenced to cuttin' stuff up. Fortunately, I was left with a perfect slot in which to slide in a Sanyo Denkai 92mm. The crown jewel of my internal case fans! Ok, lets pull off the front bezel of this beast.
Ok, you'll notice the push clip holding the top right portion of the bezel in place. Just give it s a slight push and she'll pop out. All this assuming you have already taken the sides of the case off to get to this point. There are actually 3 of these on each side, and 2 in the bottom for a nice solid fit. Pop them all out and pull the front off like so.
Now were' getting somewhere. Lets take a peek at that badassed 92mil I mentioned earlier.
You'll notice I did not do a pretty job at cutting the hole in the case. But realistically, who cares? You'll never see it, so I did not see a reason to exhibit any finesse here. Also, you can see I have taped up any holes that are not being used. Why? Well simple. You want to create a vacuum effect of airflow within your case. We don't want any air sneaking in, or out for that matter, where it's not supposed to. With a concentrated area of intake and exhaust, we'll have excellent total case airflow. Which is GooSH for your internal components.
Lets breakout some tapless screws that came with the filter and introduce them to my buddy, the Snap-On ratcheting/magnetic screwdriver. Oh yeahhhh!!!
You can really do this 1 of 2 ways. I chose to put the screws in first, then mate the backing with the case, and tighten the screws. You can also just hold the filter backing to the case and screw each one individually. I was looking for the easiest route and chose #1, and with a 6pack down and a cold double deuce eyeballin' me, easier is better. Lets finish this up on page 2 shall we?
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